FIME First North American Laboratory Accredited by Visa to Perform Level One Testing

Certification Covers Testing for Mobile Devices

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MONTREAL, July 28, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- FIME has announced that its Montreal-based laboratory has been qualified by Visa to perform testing for its 'contactless EMV analogue and digital' specifications. This latest qualification supports handset manufacturers by enabling the leading payments consultancy and advanced testing provider to confirm compliance of near field communication (NFC) enabled mobile devices to the functional requirements laid out by the payment system.

"With the U.S. EMV chip migration moving forward, we are committed to supporting our U.S. customers with the most complete range of services to support their contactless-ready EMV chip projects," comments Xavier Giandominici, director at FIME America. "This qualification was an important step for us in offering a one-stop-shop to U.S. NFC handset manufacturers, enabling them to qualify their products to all required specifications quickly, cost effectively and successfully."

In late 2013, FIME also confirmed another important qualification for handset manufacturers. Visa accredited FIME EMEA laboratory to deliver Visa Mobile Payment Application (VMPA) testing to validate Visa payment applications on secure elements.

"The U.S. has a unique opportunity to capitalize on the capabilities of EMV chip technology - contact, contactless and mobile NFC payments - all at once," adds Giandominici. "Our extensive portfolio of consulting, testing and certification services supports the deployment of solutions that will inter-operate securely once live in the field to ensure the development of a stable and sustainable EMV chip and mobile payments ecosystem. We are delighted to expand our services to offer FIME customers the largest testing coverage in the Americas."

About FIME

FIME is a trusted consultant and advanced end-to-end testing services provider within the payment, mobile telecom, e-ID and transit sectors. Its work ensures the successful and efficient market integration of products and solutions which use secure chips. Its wealth of testing knowledge and skills accelerates product time to market and promotes security, interoperability and confidence that products will deliver optimum performance once launched.

FIME has extensive EMV testing expertise working with banks, technology providers and authorities to develop the testing frameworks for international and domestic EMV-compliant payment schemes. FIME partners with leading payment schemes and industry bodies to provide certifications and enhance the secure-chip ecosystem: American Express, Discover, eftpos, EMVCo, EMV Migration Forum, First Data, GCF, GlobalPlatform, GSMA, Interac, Isis, JCB, MasterCard, Network for Electronic Transfers (NETS), NFC Forum, National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI), National Standard for Chip Card Specification (NSICC), OSCar Consortium and Visa.

FIME America's offices are located in San Francisco and Montreal.

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Megan Shamas
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